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Chicken with Cashew Nuts Recipe


This chicken with cashew nuts recipe removes the need to run to the Chinese take-away on a Friday night.

Take-aways are a bit of cultural thing, certainly in the UK, and are often viewed as a treat. The problem is that your system doesn't view most such foods as a treat, they view it as an insult.

I've developed a few recipes that meet the "need" that my family express for eating take-away food in a way that we know what's in the dish, rather than being at the mercy of a food service business. This chicken with cashew nuts recipe is one of these.

This is also an example of the trade-offs that you sometimes have to make in order to keep a family happy who are not as low carb or additive free as I try to be: the oyster sauce in this recipe has a few ingredients I don't like but the recipe uses such small amounts and we only eat it occasionally, so I'm OK with that.

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Cashew Chicken Recipe

Serves 2 Adults and 2 Children


Stir Fry

3 Skinless Chicken Breast Fillets

1 large Onion

1 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar

1 Green Pepper

1 Red Pepper

2 cloves of Garlic (chopped)

2-inch piece of Ginger (chopped)

4 Spring Onions (finely chopped)

1/2 cup Cashew Nuts


2 Tbsp Oyster Sauce

1.5 tsp Soy Sauce

1 tsp Rice Wine Vinegar

0.25 tsp Sesame Oil

1 tsp Chinese Five-Spice

1 tsp Sugar

8 Tbsp Water

0.5 tsp Salt


Chop up the chicken into smallish pieces and marinate it with the rice wine vinegar (30 min will do).

Make the sauce by mixing all the ingredients together. Whisk with a fork if you don't have a whisk.

Stir fry the chicken pieces using a bit of butter or coconut oil until white on the outside. Remove and set aside.

Add a little more butter or coconut oil and stirfry the onion, peppers, garlic and ginger on high heat for a few minutes.

Add the chicken and sauce to the pan and cook for a few more minutes.

Add the cashew nuts and spring onions to the pan, give it a good stir and serve immediately with rice or noodles (or, if you're low carb like me, with cauliflower rice or just by itself).

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Will Newton

In over twenty years of coaching, I have coached everyone from absolute beginners to world champions.
My interest in getting the best results for people who train for health and fitness or the love of sport, rather than as professionals, drives me to find the most effective ways to get results.
My mission is simple: Be in better shape at 70 than most people are at 20, and to help you do the same.

    • It serves 2 adults and 2 children with leftovers. This includes a bigger portion for me because I don’t eat it with rice and can’t be bothered to make a rice analogue.

      I haven’t tried freezing it but, if you did, you’d probably want to leave out the cashews and coriander and add these when you reheat it.

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